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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

wrest

\rest\ , verb;
1.
to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
2.
to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
3.
to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
4.
to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
noun:
1.
a wresting; twist or wrench.
2.
a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.
Quotes:
Can I possibly go back and wrest from my past some remnant of a better beginning?
-- Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, 2006
He could wrest beauty from anything.
-- Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance, 2009
Origin:
From the Old Norse wreista meaning "to bend, twist," wrest shares its origin with the word wrist.
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